UPDATED: Stunt-rapper dies after falling from airplane while wing walking near Westwold
A man has died after falling from an airplane while filming a video in B.C.’s Interior on Saturday.
The man has been identified as 34-year-old Jon James McMurray, a well-known musician from Alberta.
“He was a stunt rapper, so his music and his background in extreme sports, he married the two,” McMurray’s manager Ryan Desrochers said.
McMurray died while filming a project he had been working on for months, his management team said in a news release.
“His final act included performing an airplane stunt that included rapping while walking on the wing. He had trained intensely for this stunt; however, as Jon got further out onto the wing of the plane, it caused the small Cessna to go into a downward spiral that the pilot couldn’t correct,” Desrochers said.
“Jon held onto the wing until it was too late, and by the time he let go, he didn’t have time to pull his chute. He impacted and died instantly.”
RCMP said they responded to the incident around 7 p.m.
She tells me they heard an airplane flying low over their house before the body was found in a hay field. pic.twitter.com/zUPIm2e91i
— Megan Turcato (@meganturcato) October 22, 2018
“Honestly he’s smiling at us from the other side right now because this is what he loved doing, and he passed doing something he absolutely loved with all his heart,” Desrochers said.
“We’re just trying to stay strong for Jon right now and push through these next few weeks.”
The sun is not as bright today as it was yesterday when it was shinning on my homies last moments. Jon james Mcmurray, my very best, dearest and oldest friend passed yesterday evening… https://t.co/WZ3G21vhvc
— rory bushfield (@Bushywayne) October 21, 2018
McMurray’s management team remembers him as an incredibly passionate person who was always smiling.
“He filled everyone around him with positivity and never spoke poorly about another person. He truly had a heart of gold,” Desrochers said.
The plane landed safely.
The Transportation Safety Board and B.C. Coroners Service are investigating.
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